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[snoh-shoo] /ˈsnoʊˌʃu/
a contrivance that may be attached to the foot to enable the wearer to walk on deep snow without sinking, especially a light, racket-shaped frame across which is stretched a network of rawhide.
Indian yellow (def 1).
verb (used without object), snowshoed, snowshoeing.
to walk or travel on snowshoes.
Origin of snowshoe
1655-65, Americanism; snow + shoe
Related forms
snowshoer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for snow-shoe
Historical Examples
  • With the utmost stealth they crept forward, along the snow-shoe trail, and came suddenly upon a terrifying spectacle.

    Red Fox Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Generally, however, the shape is such that the snow-shoe will fit either foot.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • After Christmas the snow-shoe is generally a necessity in the north.

    The A B C of Mining Charles A. Bramble
  • Richard Darrell twisted his feet out of his snow-shoe straps.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • The snow-fall was deeper than in the lower valleys, and every step of the way was snow-shoe work.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • "I'll be all right," and I went on lacing the snow-shoe thongs about my ankle.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • As I said at Forty Mile, every inch of it was snow-shoe work.

  • The Hudson Bay snow-shoe is only two and a half feet in length.

  • At last I was able to stretch out my hand to the snow-shoe which lay across the sterns.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • Ze leg dat hav been broken, it is not good for snow-shoe work.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
British Dictionary definitions for snow-shoe


a device to facilitate walking on snow, esp a racket-shaped frame with a network of thongs stretched across it
verb -shoes, -shoeing, -shoed
(intransitive) to walk or go using snowshoes
Derived Forms
snowshoer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snow-shoe

also snowshoe, 1670s, from snow (n.) + shoe (n.). Related: Snowshoes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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